Mark Young

About Author:
Once upon a time, Mark Young was a film critic for a student newspaper at the University of Chicago, where his greatest accomplishment was being so late for a screening that he ran into a theater and collided with Roger Ebert. Today Mark lives and works in New York City, where he blogs reviews of films shown at his local Movie Klub. He loves to get feedback on his reviews, and the quickest way into his good graces is to reference the filmography of Jim Kelly. His first novel, THE QUESTION BLADE, is now available in the Apple iBookstore and the Kindle Store.

Website: http://movieklubny.wordpress.com

‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ plays beautifully in an unreal space

‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ plays beautifully in an unreal space

Once upon a time, there was a Japanese woman who watched the movie Fargo. The movie begins with a title card pronouncing, “THIS IS A…

‘The Last Five Years’ is a sometimes-moving mix of bitter and sweet

‘The Last Five Years’ is a sometimes-moving mix of bitter and sweet

Singing was Kendrick's first claim to fame: she started acting in New York at age 10 and received a Tony nomination at 12. Every ounce…

‘Inherent Vice’ suffers only against Paul Thomas Anderson’s past work

‘Inherent Vice’ suffers only against Paul Thomas Anderson’s past work

P.T. Anderson Week Spotlight

It’s not just that Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies tend to defy any one genre description; it's that, often, it seems as if the writer-director is…

‘The Babadook’ is among the great horror films

‘The Babadook’ is among the great horror films

Like all of the great horror films, Jennifer Kent's 'The Babadook' possess a primal, timeless quality, equally appropriate for the eras of the rotary-dial telephone…

‘Revenge of the Green Dragons': Ambition is not enough

‘Revenge of the Green Dragons': Ambition is not enough

The problem with 'Revenge of the Green Dragons' is that co-director Andrew Lau and executive producer Martin Scorsese are already joined at the hip, and…

‘Young Ones’ drops the ball at key moments

‘Young Ones’ drops the ball at key moments

If ever you should find yourself needing to explain the difference between a film being “well-shot” and “well-directed”, Exhibit A should be the new indie…

NYFF 2014: ‘Inherent Vice’ suffers only against Paul Thomas Anderson’s past work

NYFF 2014: ‘Inherent Vice’ suffers only against Paul Thomas Anderson’s past work

New York Film Festival 2014

It’s not just that Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies tend to defy any one genre description; it's that, often, it seems as if the writer-director is…

‘Gone Girl’ is a perfect mix of thriller and black comedy

‘Gone Girl’ is a perfect mix of thriller and black comedy

It is a crime against the film world to label David Fincher’s newest, 'Gone Girl,' with only one word or phrase. There are elements of…

NYFF 2014: ‘Whiplash’ makes music thrilling like no other film

NYFF 2014: ‘Whiplash’ makes music thrilling like no other film

New York Film Festival 2014

Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, now conquering New York after wowing audiences at film festivals all the way back to Sundance last winter, opens with a title…

‘Starred Up” is some of the bravest filmmaking of the year

‘Starred Up” is some of the bravest filmmaking of the year

Most prison stories are stories about men. But there are stories about men, and then there are stories about masculinity. The latter is much harder…

‘The Trip to Italy’ is as hilarious and delicious as any movie this year

‘The Trip to Italy’ is as hilarious and delicious as any movie this year

There is no one word to describe the relationship between British actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Whatever is the essence of their unusual chemistry,…

‘Into the Storm’ is a pale shadow of better films

‘Into the Storm’ is a pale shadow of better films

The tornado-chasing thriller 'Into The Storm' is plagued with the problems of not knowing sort of movie it wants to be, nor what sort of…

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